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Admissions Tip: Applying to MBA Programs With Little Work Experience

Applying to MBA programs with little work experienceAs many of our readers know, it has become increasingly common for younger individuals to gain admission to the leading full-time MBA programs.  Whereas the average student age was once 27-28 at the leading business schools (meaning an average 5-6 years of full-time work experience), many programs are now carefully considering the more youthful end of the applicant pool.

Of course, the fact that admissions officers are taking a closer look at younger applicants does not mean that getting accepted to a top program is easy for this group.  In fact, it may be difficult for younger applicants to present themselves as fully prepared to contribute to an MBA program because they often lack leadership experience and extensive business exposure.  This is especially true when they are compared to their fellow applicants who have more years in the working world.  With this in mind, we’d like to offer a few tips that will help younger MBA candidates leverage the strengths of their candidacies and become increasingly competitive applicants at their choice schools.

Note: For the purposes of this article, we’ll define “younger applicants” as those with 0-2 two years of experience (i.e., undergraduate seniors and folks who are one to two years removed from their college graduations). Continue reading…

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Berkeley / Haas Deadlines 2015-2016

UCBerkeleyCampusThe 2015-2016 Berkeley Haas deadlines have been recently made available online. Prospective applicants have three deadlines available to them, which are as follows:

Round 1:

Deadline: October 1, 2015
Notification: December 17, 2015

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Georgetown / McDonough 2015-2016 Essay Topic Analysis

georgetown mba essaysFollowing up on the release of the Georgetown MBA essays for 2015-2016 — and our recent interview with Associate Dean of MBA Admissions Shari Hubert — we wanted to take a closer look at the program’s essay prompts and offer our analysis for applicants targeting McDonough’s Class of 2018.

Georgetown’s essay section has remained the same as last admissions season. In our interview with Dean Hubert, she reported that the adcom was pleased with the insight that the required essay offered into candidates’ personal histories and motivations for pursuing a McDonough MBA. With just one open-ended required response, applicants will need to think carefully about what to highlight (and what to consider reserving for one of the school’s two optional essays).

Let’s look at each of the Georgetown MBA essay prompts for 2015-2016:

Essay 1: Why You? (Hint: we are looking for an answer that cannot be found from research on our website; 750 words)
This unusually terse prompt can be taken to imply the expanded question “Why [should we admit] you [to our program over other interesting and well qualified applicants]?” Once unpacked, this query reads like a fairly straightforward question about the applicant’s interest in, knowledge about, and potential to contribute to the MBA community. According to our interview with Dean Hubert, candidates will have the opportunity to explain their short- and long-term career goals elsewhere in their application materials. Therefore, their remarks in this essay should focus on the interests and values behind those goals, as well as the applicant’s reasons for seeking an MBA and for applying to McDonough in particular. Of course, the adcom will also be eager to hear about the impact that the candidate expects to make on the MBA community, both in the classroom and through extracurricular participation. Akin to essays that ask the applicant to introduce oneself to one’s classmates, this essay should strike a balance between highlighting the elements of one’s personal background that would enhance the diversity of the incoming class, and explaining how these experiences and values make the candidate a strong fit with the program’s culture. Continue reading…

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A PEEK Is All It Takes: HBS’s Innovative Initiative to Woo Women


HBS Professor Youngme Moon teaching PEEK students Photo credit: Evgenia Eliseeva

For Priyanka Krishnamoorthy, a 2015 Mt. Holyoke graduate working in investment banking at Bank of America, a recent weekend at Harvard Business School (HBS) helped set her sights on pursuing an MBA. The Sri Lankan native majored in economics and minored in math and had been thinking about business school for a while. She originally read about PEEK—an innovative weekend program HBS debuted last month for students from women’s colleges—in an article in the paper. She decided to apply after attending an information session HBS held at neighboring Smith College. “They pitched it really well as a way to see what HBS is like,” she recalls. “On campus you hear a lot about PhD programs and law school, but not about business school.”

For Krishnamoorthy, the highlight of the weekend was getting to meet current HBS students and alumnae and hearing about the decisions they made both before and after business school. Just a few weeks into her own first job, she found their choices really eye-opening. “I thought there was a set path to it, but they all said, ‘No, you can come from anywhere.’” She was encouraged multiple times throughout the weekend to think of the MBA more as a master’s in leadership than a master’s in business administration. Continue reading…

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Oxford / Saïd Essay Topics 2015-2016

oxford mba essaysThe Saïd School of Business has announced the 2015-2016 Oxford MBA essays for the coming application season. This year’s Oxford MBA application consists of two “mandatory” essays, as well as additional prompts for 1+1 applicants and reapplicants to Saïd.

The Oxford/Saïd MBA essays are as follows:

Essay 1: How do you fit with Oxford Saïd’s mission? (Maximum 500 words)

Essay 2: Is there anything not covered in the application form which you would like the Admissions committee to know about you? (Maximum 250 words) Continue reading…

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Top #MBA Tweets of the Week: Love Wins

Welcome to this week’s Top #MBA Tweets of the Week, our weekly roundup of posts by the business school community on Twitter. This week, we’re spreading the love, as many programs and people celebrated the Supreme Court ruling for marriage equality nationwide.

Students at Berkeley / Haas gathered for the good news…

As did others at Emory / Goizuetta: Continue reading…

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Stanford MBA Recommendation Questions 2015-2016

stanfordgsbThe Stanford GSB online application for 2016 is live, which means that the Stanford MBA recommendation questions are now available for those supporting applicants who are targeting the Class of 2018. This recommendation asks for brief information about the nature of the recommender’s relationship with the applicant, as well as some longer essay-style questions about the candidate’s salient strengths and important feedback. Rather than a grid-based ranking system of the applicant’s skills and abilities, Stanford presents recommenders with abilities and tailored multiple choice response options for each.

The Stanford MBA recommendation questions for 2015-2016 are as follows:

How long have you known the applicant? (months and years)

During which period of time have you had the most frequent contact with the applicant? (start and end date mm/yyyy)

Are/were you the applicant’s direct supervisor? Continue reading…

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NYU Stern Ranked Number One in Support of LGBTQ MBA Students

stern LGBTQLast week’s momentous Supreme Court ruling on marriage equality helped more people than ever before feel like the United States is a great place to be part of the LGBTQ community. Maybe it got you wondering about which business schools are the best places to be part of that community?

As it turns out, there’s a ranking for that. And this year, New York University (NYU) Stern School of Business soared to the top, winning recognition for getting more of its student body involved to help foster an LGBTQ-inclusive campus culture than any other top business school.

The MBA Ally Challenge rankings, released in June, are the culmination of a year-long competition launched by nonprofit organization Friendfactor as part of an effort to encourage straight people to become visible and active allies in their workplace and campus communities.

Twenty-three schools participated this year, shattering prior records. Together, the business schools involved 9,000 students as allies—more than double last year’s participation of 4,300—and hosted more than 280 events and activities. Collectively, the schools improved LGBTQ inclusiveness on campuses by 30 percent based on measures taken at the beginning and again at the end of the school year, Friendfactor reports. Continue reading…

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IESE Deadlines 2015-2016

iese curveThe 2015-2016 IESE MBA deadlines have been released for the coming admissions season. The program’s admissions process comprises four rounds of deadlines and decision dates.

The IESE MBA deadlines for 2015-2016 are as follows:

Round 1:
Application deadline: October 6, 2015
Decision notification: December 11, 2015

Round 2:
Application deadline: January 5, 2016
Decision notification: March 11, 2016
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How Will You Spend July 4th?

This coming Saturday is a national holiday in the U.S., a time for grilling, fireworks and socializing outdoors, weather permitting. Will you observe Independence Day with freedom from GMAT prep and essay writing? Or will you use the time to get ahead with your b-school applications?

How Will You Spend Your Fourth of July?

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